Thursday
Oct172013

Live In Each Moment.

Have you ever had one of those moments in time that you wanted to live over and over? I have had so many; the extra special occasions that were so special and life changing. The ones that went by so fast that you felt like you almost missed it. The ones that you almost forgot to live in each moment.

My husband Jeff and I recently celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. We had a whirlwind courtship. We knew each other for about a year before we dated, but once we made that jump from friendship to dating, it went to engagement, to moving in together to getting married in just a few months time. I was head over heels in love with him before I even introduced him to my parents.

I recently saw a preview of a movie About Time, a film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. There is a scene in the film where Mary (Rachel McAdams) and Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), the main characters in the film, are having dinner with Mary's parents for the first time. Mary is doing all of the talking for Tim, because she is just so in love with him and she wants her parents to love Tim just as much as she does. This scene had me in tears because it reminded me of the time when I introduced Jeff to my parents for the first time. I remember coming home from work late because I had to go buy a new outfit to wear because that was the night that Jeff would be coming over to meet them. I was doing everything I could to distract myself from how nervous I was. I wanted them to love him as much as I did. It had been all of two weeks, but like I said above, I was head over heels in love with him. I knew I would be marrying this man I was about to introduce to the people whom respected most in the world. I remember the very 80's neon accented outfit; my big hair, bright makeup and super long fake nails. Luckily, he loved it all. My plan was to distract him with the outfit and hair and rush him in and out of the house fast. I was going to do all of the talking for Jeff, just as Mary did for Tim in the movie. It just didn't turn out the way I planned. Jeff had bigger plans. He took my family, along with my aunt and sister, all out to dinner. I didn't get a word in all night. My parents loved him. It is one of those nights that I wish I could go back and relive. I wish I could have relaxed and enjoyed that moment more.

About Time tells the story of a young man, Tim, whose special "gift" allows him to go back and relive any moment of his life. But instead of making every moment perfect, he learns that life and love are most extraordinary when you embrace all of their imperfections. Critics are already calling About Time "the first must-see movie of the fall" and "easily the most heartwarming, feel-great film of the season." On 11.8.13, get ready to fall in love all over again, with About Time. Here is a preview.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday
Oct162013

Katy Perry for COVERGIRL & How to Get Her Makeup Look.

As a brand that’s all about strength, confidence and individuality, COVERGIRL believes in every woman’s right to reinvent, improvise, and seize the beautiful opportunities in life to make some noise!  So it’s fitting that the new face of the beauty brand that comes ready to “roar” is none other than the fun-loving and fiercely talented music star Katy Perry.  Bringing her passion, playfulness, and bold style sensibility to the COVERGIRL family of talents, Katy is partnering with the brand to delight beauty aficionados and music fans alike when her first cosmetics campaign debuts in the spring of 2014.

On the verge of releasing her third album, PRISM, on October 22nd, Perry remains more committed than ever to making powerful pop music infused with her characteristic honesty, accessibility, and sense of humor.  “In addition to music, I’ve always considered makeup to be a powerful creative avenue of self-expression, “said Perry. “I’m honored to partner with COVERGIRL and share more colors and textures of my approach to beauty to inspire my audience.”

Katy Perry for COVERGIRL

Known for being innovative and irreverent in her style choices, #COVERGIRLKaty has rocked looks that have ranged from retro pinup to anime space princess to queen of the jungle, so it’s fitting that in her forthcoming campaign work with COVERGIRL, she’ll be showing off a breadth of bold new beauty looks with products developed by the brand’s Global Creative Director Pat McGrath.

To get the COVERGIRL look in the image above, the following COVERGIRL products were used on Katy:

Lips:
COVERGIRL LipPerfection in Euphoria #360

Eyes:
COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Shadows in Café Au Lait #105
COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Extensions by LashBlast in Very Black #840
COVERGIRL Brow and Eyemaker Pencil in Midnight Brown #505

Face:
COVERGIRL TRUBlend Liquid Makeup in Buff Beige 2/425
COVERGIRL Clean Glow Blush in Roses #100

Shop for COVERGIRL at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer.

Tuesday
Oct152013

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Collection.

There has been one key component missing in the MAKE UP FOR EVER brand since its inception until now and it is something I have noticed; makeup brushes. That's because Creator & Artistic Director Dany Sanz is a perfectionist and it took her over five years to create the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Collection, the most expansive luxury brush collection available today.

Dany set out to reinvent the makeup artists' most vital tool with this extensive set. The range includes brushes from everyday must-haves to highly customized tools to create the most intricate and artistic effects that only trained makeup artists would need. The five year process involved testing a variety of synthetic fibers that mimic the silky softness of natural hair. The construction of each brush involved 25 unique stages, and was hand-crafted by a total of 30 people from start to finish.

What also makes this brush collection unique is the specific synthetic fiber technology that is used in several diameters and types: wavy or straight depending on the required use. When fibers are straight, application is more generous and precise, while wavy bristles are more splayed, allowing for a lighter and freer application. A unique combination of the two fiber textures gives infinite creative possibilities.

When shopping for a brush, look for a number in the range of which part of your face you are shopping for:

100s = complexion products
200s = eye products
300s = lip product
400s = brushes designed for professional makeup artists and special effects

I can tell when I use a run of the mill makeup brush versus a high quality makeup brush. I try so many makeup brushes from high end brands to mass produced all the time and am disappointed often. I have been continually wowed with each new MAKEUP UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush I try. I have a few favorites that now have a permanent place on my vanity.

#270 - Angled Eyebrow Brush $21.00
This eyebrow brush is good for creams or powders. It is a short and firm angled brush that is used to fill in eyebrows with precision, as well as blend brow pencils in for a more natural result.

#228 -  Precision Shader Brush, Medium $25.00
This eyeshadow brush is great for all shadows, pressed, loose or cream. It is medium, dense and rounded, with no sharp angles. Its paddle shape and flexibility are used to apply, blend and smudge all types of eye products quickly for an even and intense result. It's especially good for the eyebrow arch.

#216 - Precision Blender Brush, Medium $25.00
It is medium, rounded and dense. It is used to precisely smudge products in the crease of the eye. Due to its density, product collection is generous with high payoff.

#104 - Foundation Brush, Small $35.00
This is the classic foundation brush used by make up enthusiasts. It is a small, tapered, flat brush with wide bristles ideal for applying and blending cream or liquid foundations accurately and quickly for an even result all over.

#128 - Precision Powder Brush $52.00
Long and flat brush with a tapered tip designed mainly for use on the face, neck and upper shoulders. Ideal for precise powder application with a flawless result thanks to its layered and oval head.

#148 - Blending Blush Brush $55.00
This small, flared dualpurpose brush provides a light finish with a simple, ethereal touch. It is ideal for use with powder and cream product for shading, coloring or highlighting, and its small size creates a precise application of blush and highlighters. Its extreme softness is also well-suited for applying make up to sensitive skin.

#176 - Concealer Brush Medium $30.00
Wider than the traditional concealer brush, this firm, flat brush has a pointed tip and is used to blend and touch up foundations and concealers on large areas. The pointed tip also allows it to be used on smaller areas for added precision.

The MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brushes are all carried on Sephora.com, while select brushes are at Sephora stores and MAE UP FOR EVER boutiques.